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The Dutch recurve men's team in action earlier this year

Korean recurve team

Great Britain Copenhagen 2015 world bronze medallist Adam Ravenscroft is among the archers that has been named again to Great Britain’s compound team for the worlds. He’ll be joined by James Mason and Neil Bridgewater, the same team that won the compound men’s team title at the European Archery Championships in 2018. The British compound women’s team is named as Lucy Mason, Ella Gibson and Layla Annison. Uniquely amongst all nations competing, all three are juniors. The team beat the junior ranking round world record at the European Grand Prix in Bucharest, Romania in April. An exciting team full of potential, with an average age of just 17, they are looking to compete with the very best senior squads. Great Britain’s recurve team will not be announced until after the third stage of the 2019 Hyundai Archery World Cup in Antalya, after Bow goes to press. It is expected that veteran Naomi Folkard will be competing – which would be her eighth consecutive appearance at an outdoor World Championships for Great Britain, of nine in total – and Bryony Pitman, who made a top eight finish in qualification at this year's Shanghai World Cup.

USA Three-time Olympic medallist Brady Ellison and newcomer Casey Kaufhold finished top of the USA recurve team trials for the world championships. They will be joined by Jack Williams, Tom Stanwood, Erin Mickelberry and five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig. It will be Kaufhold's first championships - but Lorig's GBR compound team for the Worlds

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squad that will compete at all top level events 10th. The more surprising omission from the in 2019. It marks returns to the team for team is Mackenzie Brown, who did not make it Olympians Lee Seungyun and Choi Misun, through the trials. She is the women's reserve. who last competed internationally in 2016 and The USA's senior recurve team has not 2017, respectively. seen a lot of strength in depth in recent years, All the Korean team now have a good deal despite a well-developed junior program. of international experience and there are Indeed, Stanwood and Mickelberry are not no apparent weaknesses. But after a deeply full-time athletes. It remains to be seen if the indifferent Asian Games last year – by their USA can qualify full teams for Tokyo in the standards – and many other nations hitting Netherlands. Ellison, however, has hit a rich similar heights, can the glory days seam of form recently and looks to last forever? The men's team be a serious individual podium Casey Kaufhold performance will be crucial. contender. (USA) The women's performance, Braden Gellenthien, Kris on point, is still Schaff, James Lutz, Paige untouchable and it would Pearce, Alexis Ruiz and be very surprising not to Cassidy Cox are the six see them contest the final. compound archers that Lee Seungyun and Kim will represent the USA. Woojin (twice) are both Gellenthien has finished on previous individual winners. the podium at the outdoor The last person to win a world world championships three times, title three times was Rick McKinney in accruing two bronze medals and a silver. He finished third in Mexico City in 2017. 1985. Indeed, a Korean recurve man has won the world championships 12 of the 13 times It would be his ninth appearance at an outdoor it has been contested since 1993. (Michele world championships. Frangilli of Italy upset the run in 2003.) The two veterans are joined by a first-time Kim Yunhee, So Chaewon, and Choi Bomin international in Lutz to attempt to extend are the compound women’s team. Kim Jongho, the USA’s strong record in the compound a two-time winner of the mixed team event at men’s team event. The US is the defending the worlds, Choi Yonghee and newcomer Yang world champion and has won seven of the 12 Jaewon are the men's team. available titles since compound was introduced to the championships in 1995.

Korea Kim Woojin, Lee Woo Seok, Lee Seungyun, Chang Hye Jin, Kang Chae Young and Choi Misun have been named as the Korean recurve

India

India remain a serious threat, most likely at team level, although many years of turmoil, financial problems and political issues may have taken their collective toll. The greatest Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari (India)

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